Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has designed a diagnostic kit for the detection of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19.

The ICMR has invited Expression of Interest from in vitro diagnostics (IVD) kit manufacturers for undertaking transfer of technology for its development and commercialization.

Dibrugarh-based Regional Medical Research Centre, one of the institutes of the ICMR, New Delhi, has developed a novel technology — real-time RT-PCR assay for detection of Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of SARS-CoV2 and a kit for the same.

“ICMR is the owner of the said technology, including any underlying intellectual property(ies) and commercialization rights. ICMR is lawfully entitled to enter into any form of non-exclusive license agreements with selected manufacturer/manufacturers, including transfer of technology through suitable agreement to any other interested manufacturers,” the invitation of Expression of Interest document said.

“ICMR, New Delhi, invites Expression of Interest (EOI) through email from experienced IVD kit manufacturers for undertaking transfer of technology for development and commercialization of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron (B.1.1.529) Real-time RT-PCR assay (RT-PCR) through a novel diagnostic kit, developed by ICMR,” the invitation of EoI said.

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